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Kennebec River

Kennebec River

Don’t you love making a new discovery–something you least expect? On our drive to Maine, at the end of our first week in search of the best fall foliage of 2013, we found ourselves on a narrow, but scenic highway on our way to The Forks.

While we hadn’t taken many driving breaks, when we saw the sign for the highway stop, David slammed on the car’s brakes and turned.

We followed a trail that wound around until we reached a scenic area complete with picnic tables and some antique forest breaking equipment. Luckily, they were a number of signs to tell us all about our stop.

We soon discovered that the highway we were on was the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway. Who knew? We sure hadn’t–the guide that had taken us along this highway was a monotone voiced GPS with no appreciation for beauty whatsoever.

The highway stretches for 78 miles from Solon, Maine, to the Canadian border, following the Kennebec River (which I’d whitewater rafted a number of years before!). Once in Canada, you could head north into one of my favorite cities there, Quebec City.

Over its course, the highway includes not only rivers, but mountain vistas and forests. Other stops, as well as the one we found, provide informational kiosks.

Here are some photos of our experience.

Maine scene along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

Maine scene along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

Rest stop along Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

Rest stop along Old Canada Road Scenic Byway.

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